Foods that help prevent belly fat

We now know that belly fat can not be spot reduced (even though we want so badly for it to be) and that stress can affect our fat retention in that area. Now let's talk food. What types of food help prevent belly fat? This is a a question I get asked a lot so I want to go over my top three foods that I recommend as well as a few tips.Top Three Foods That Prevent Belly Fat 1. Almonds This healthy fat actually produces melatonin in the brain that helps with sleep. And we all know now (based off of last weeks blog) that a lack of sleep causes an increase in cortisol levels thus causing belly fat. Healthy fats also help regulate your hormone levels and can assist in keeping your body in a homeostasis state. So contrary to what you may have heard, actually eating healthy fats can keep the fat OFF your body.

2. Oatmeal Adding fiber rich foods, such as oatmeal, to your diet, can keep you feeling full for a while. Since it takes a long time to digest fully, you are actually burning calories while your body digests it. Oatmeal is tricky though - a lot of people go straight for the instant flavored oatmeal, and this is a bad choice! Choose the whole oat plain oatmeal and sweeten it with fresh berries.

3. Eggs Eggs contain vitamin B12 of which your body needs to metabolize and burn fat. That is why you see a lot of "gym rats" eating eggs all the time. This is a great source of healthy fat (the yolk) as well as protein and the perfect way to start your day! So load up on the eggs!

Tips to Burn Belly Fat 1. Stay away from simple sugars and food/drinks that have added sugar. 2. Choice protein and healthy fats for breakfast and keep your complex carbs in the later half of the day. 3. Add fasted cardio in to your workout routine 2-3 times per week while strength training about 3-4 times per week. 4. Get your fiber in - about 20-25g per day for women between 18-60 and 30-40g per day for men. 5. Get an adequate amount of sleep.

I hope you all start adding these foods in to your diet as well as utilizing the tips I have given to burn belly fat. You may not be able to spot reduce belly fat, but focusing on these things will give you some results you want to see.

Cheers, Jenny